The following message was found among B-P's papers after his death.
History of Scouting
Lord Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell founded the Scouting Movement. He is known in scouting circles as Baden-Powell or B-P.
Baden-Powell was born in London, England in 1857. His Father died when Baden-Powell was very young. B-P's mother had the family surname changed from Powell to Baden-Powell to honor her husband.
Baden-Powell received his education at Charterhouse. After finishing at Charterhouse, he took the military entrance exams. He placed second in the cavalry and forth in the infantry. He was commissioned as a lieutenant and joined the 13th Hussars in India. He served in India, Afghanistan, Zululand, Ashanti and South Africa in his military career.
Baden-Powell became a war hero during the Boer War (1899-1902). B-P was lieutenant colonel for the 5th Dragoon Guards. Baden-Powell and the men under his command held control of the town of Mafeking during a 265 day seize. Shortly after the end of the seize of Mafeking, Baden-Powell was promoted to major general.
B-P came home to England and found out boys were reading his book, "Aids to Scouting" and forming groups. This dismayed Baden-Powell, because he wrote, "Aids to Scouting" for soldiers. Baden-Powell started working on something more appropriate for boys. In 1907, he tested his ideas on Brownsea Island. In 1908, Baden-Powell was promoted lieutenant general. King Edward VII knighted Baden-Powell in 1909. Shortly after that he retired from the military to work full time on the Scouting Program.
Several years ago joining and advancement requirements for Cub Scouting were changed to a grade basis (with age as backup). Age is still used by some packs whose national organization has made that determination As a refresher, here are some age/grade requirements. Keep in mind that grade is the primary determination and age is the backup (note the work "or"):
The Purpose of Scouting
Cub Scouting has nine purposes: to
Thousands of volunteer leaders, both men and women, are involved in the Cub Scout program. They serve in a variety of positions, as everything from unit leaders to pack committee chairmen, committee members, den leader coaches, and chartered organization representatives.
Like other phases of the Scouting program, Cub Scouting is made available to groups having similar interests and goals, including professional organizations, government bodies, and religious, educational, civic, fraternal, business, labor, and citizens' groups. These "sponsors" are called chartered organizations. Each organization appoints one of its members as a chartered organization representative. The organization, through the pack committee, is responsible for providing leadership, the meeting place, and support materials for pack activities.
For more information about Scouting in Beresford, please contact the Cubmaster, Kay Jurgensen at firstname.lastname@example.org .